Mulan f Chinese Mythology
From Chinese 木兰 (mùlán)
. This is the name of a legendary female warrior who disguises herself as a man to take her ailing father's place when he is conscripted into the army.
Mumbi f Eastern African, Kikuyu
Means "she who shapes"
in Kikuyu. In Kikuyu mythology Mumbi was the wife of Gikuyu and the mother of his nine daughters.
Mumtaz m & f Arabic, Urdu
in Arabic. The Taj Mahal was built by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan as tomb for his wife Mumtaz Mahal (1593-1631).
Muna f Arabic
Means "wishes, desires"
, from the plural of Arabic منية (munyah)
Mungo m Scottish
Possibly derived from Welsh mwyn "gentle, kind"
. This was a nickname of the 6th-century Saint Kentigern.
Muriel f English, French, Irish
Medieval English form of a Breton name that was probably related to the Irish name Muirgel
. The Normans brought it to England from Brittany. In the modern era it was popularized by a character from Dinah Craik's novel John Halifax, Gentleman
Murtada m Arabic
in Arabic. This is an epithet of Ali
, the fourth caliph.
Murugan m Hinduism, Tamil
Possibly from a Dravidian word meaning "youth"
. This is the name of a Tamil war god identified with Skanda
Mustafa m Arabic, Turkish, Bosnian, Urdu
Means "the chosen one"
in Arabic, an epithet of Muhammad
. This was the name of four Ottoman sultans. Another famous bearer was Mustafa Kemal (1881-1938), also known as Atatürk, the founder of modern Turkey.
Mu'tamid m Arabic
Means "relying on, leaning on"
in Arabic. Al-Mu'tamid was a 9th-century Abbasid caliph. This was also the name of an 11th-century Abbadid ruler of Seville, who was a patron of the arts and a poet.
Mwangi m Eastern African, Kikuyu
Means "rapid expansion"
in Kikuyu. Kikuyu males were traditionally organized into age sets or generations. The Mwangi
generation started around the beginning of the 20th century and lasted for about 30 years.
Myeong m & f Korean
From Sino-Korean 明 (myeong)
meaning "bright, light, clear" or other hanja characters with the same pronunciation. Although it does appear rarely as a single-character name, it is more often used in combination with another character.
Myeong-Suk f Korean
From Sino-Korean 明 (myeong)
meaning "bright, light, clear" combined with 淑 (suk)
meaning "good, pure, virtuous, charming". Other hanja combinations are possible.
Myfanwy f Welsh
Means "my woman"
from the Welsh prefix my
"my" combined with banw
Myles 2 m Greek Mythology
Probably from Greek μύλη (myle)
. This was the name of a king of Laconia in Greek mythology.
Myra f English
Created by the 17th-century poet Fulke Greville. He possibly based it on Latin myrra
meaning "myrrh" (a fragrant resin obtained from a tree). Otherwise, he may have simply rearranged the letters from the name Mary
. Although unrelated etymologically, this is also the name of an ancient city of Anatolia.
Myron m English, Ancient Greek
Derived from Greek μύρον (myron)
meaning "sweet oil, perfume"
. Myron was the name of a 5th-century BC Greek sculptor. Saints bearing this name include a 3rd-century bishop of Crete and a 4th-century martyr from Cyzicus who was killed by a mob. These saints are more widely revered in the Eastern Church, and the name has generally been more common among Eastern Christians. As an English name, it has been used since the 19th century.
Myrtle f English
Simply from the English word myrtle
for the evergreen shrub, ultimately from Greek μύρτος (myrtos)
. It was first used as a given name in the 19th century, at the same time many other plant and flower names were coined.